J. A. Adande
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J.A. Adande (//; born October 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is an American sports columnist who covers the National Basketball Association for ESPN.com. He also serves as a panelist for ESPN's Around the Horn and as a guest host on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption television shows. Adande is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism, where he teaches a class entitled "Sports Commentary," and co-teaches a class entitled "Sports Public Relations."
Adande joined ESPN.com as an NBA columnist in August 2007. The panel at Around the Horn all congratulated him on the job and played a joke "Buy or Sell" segment about Adande's comments about joining ESPN. He is also now an NBA analyst on SportsCenter.
He was born in Los Angeles, the son of Desire and Elizabeth (Oberstein) Adande. His grandfather, Gerson "Gus" Oberstein (1914-2003), was a violinist who had played with jazzmen Joe Roland and Charlie Parker, and later with the Berkeley Symphony.
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- J.A. Adande's Around the Horn biography
- J.A. Adande's Los Angeles Times biography
- J.A. Adande's final LA Times column.
- J. A. Adande on Twitter